Updated: October 7, 2022

Chrysanthemums are beautiful flowering plants that are widely grown in gardens and containers. They come in a variety of colors and shapes, making them a popular choice among gardeners. Propagating chrysanthemums is an easy and cost-effective way to increase your plant collection. In this article, we will discuss the right way to propagate chrysanthemums.

Choosing the Right Time to Propagate

The best time to propagate chrysanthemums is during the spring or early summer months. This allows the new plants to establish themselves before the cold winter months. Choose healthy plants with strong stems and healthy foliage for propagation.

Propagating Through Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings are one of the most common ways to propagate chrysanthemum plants. Follow these steps for successful propagation:

  1. Using a sharp knife or pruning shears, take a cutting from the stem of the parent plant. The cutting should be about 3-4 inches long with at least two leaves.

  2. Remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only the top two or three leaves.

  3. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder.

  4. Insert the cutting into a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix.

  5. Water the soil well and cover the pot with a plastic bag to create a humid environment.

  6. Place the pot in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight.

  7. Water as needed to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

  8. After four to six weeks, roots should have formed and new growth should be visible.

  9. Once new growth appears, remove the plastic bag and begin fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks.

  10. After two to three months, your new chrysanthemum plant can be transplanted into a larger pot or into the garden.

Propagating Through Division

Chrysanthemums can also be propagated through division. This method involves separating the parent plant into smaller sections and planting them individually. Follow these steps for successful propagation:

  1. Choose a healthy parent plant and carefully dig around it to expose the roots.

  2. Gently separate the plant into sections, making sure each section has roots attached.

  3. Plant each section in a well-draining potting mix or directly into the garden.

  4. Water the soil well and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks.

  5. After a few months, your new chrysanthemum plants should be established and blooming.


How often should I water my newly propagated chrysanthemum plant?

Newly propagated chrysanthemum plants should be watered when the soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid overwatering as this can lead to root rot.

How do I know if my chrysanthemum plant is getting enough light?

Chrysanthemums require bright, indirect light to thrive. If your plant is not getting enough light, it may become leggy or stop blooming.

When should I fertilize my chrysanthemum plant?

Chrysanthemums should be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season. Avoid fertilizing in the winter months when the plant is dormant.

How do I prevent pests and diseases in my chrysanthemum plants?

Regularly inspect your plants for pests and diseases, and treat them promptly if detected. Keep the area around your plants clean and free of debris to prevent disease from spreading.

In conclusion, propagating chrysanthemum plants is an easy and rewarding way to increase your plant collection. Whether you choose to propagate through stem cuttings or division, following these simple steps will help ensure successful propagation. Remember to provide your new plants with the right amount of water, light, and fertilizer to keep them healthy and blooming.